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Jason Matthews, author of the Red Sparrow espionage thrillers, dies at 69
Arts & Culture

Jason Matthews, author of the Red Sparrow espionage thrillers, dies at 69

Red Sparrow, published in 2013, was a neo-Cold War tale that introduced readers to CIA man Nathaniel Nash and to the former Russian ballerina Dominika Egorova, recruited by her uncle as a 'sparrow,' trained in the art of 'sexpionage - sexual entrapment, carnal black-mail, moral compromise.'

US law enforcement and researchers point to Kremlin providing aid, protection to ransomware rackets
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US law enforcement and researchers point to Kremlin providing aid, protection to ransomware rackets

The value of Kremlin protection isn’t lost on the cybercriminals themselves. Earlier this year, a Russian-language dark-web forum lit up with criticism of a ransomware purveyor known only as 'Bugatti', whose gang had been caught in a rare US-Europol sting.

US to release report linking Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to Jamal Khashoggi murder
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US to release report linking Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to Jamal Khashoggi murder

Former US president Donald Trump's administration had avoided making the classified report public or naming Prince Mohammed in the case in order to strengthen relations with Riyadh

CIA declassifies hundreds of official docs on UFO sightings, research from 1970s onwards
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CIA declassifies hundreds of official docs on UFO sightings, research from 1970s onwards

A dossier filled with files on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) was published on The Black Vault website on Thursday.

President-elect Joe Biden picks William Burns as CIA chief; career diplomat set stage for Iran nuclear deal
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President-elect Joe Biden picks William Burns as CIA chief; career diplomat set stage for Iran nuclear deal

Burns has deep experience in security and intelligence matters after spending over three decades in the US foreign service, including a stint as ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008

Ex-Trump campaign aide files lawsuit against FBI and US Justice Department over ‘unlawful surveillance'
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Ex-Trump campaign aide files lawsuit against FBI and US Justice Department over ‘unlawful surveillance'

Carter Page, a former Trump aide, has received death and kidnapping threats, suffered economic losses and 'irreparable damage to his reputation', according to the lawsuit filed in a federal court in Washington

Hassan Rouhani accuses Israel of assassinating Iran's top nuclear scientist, vows revenge
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Hassan Rouhani accuses Israel of assassinating Iran's top nuclear scientist, vows revenge

After years of being in the shadows, the image of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh suddenly was to be seen everywhere in Iranian media, as his widow spoke on state television and officials publicly demanded revenge on Israel for the scientist's slaying

Donald Trump fires Mark Esper, defence secretary who opposed use of troops on US streets
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Donald Trump fires Mark Esper, defence secretary who opposed use of troops on US streets

Esper was aware that he was likely to be fired, but Pentagon officials said he hoped to continue serving as long as possible

Donald Trump orders ‘total declassification’ of documents related to alleged Russian interference in 2016 presidential polls
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Donald Trump orders ‘total declassification’ of documents related to alleged Russian interference in 2016 presidential polls

The documents mentioned Hillary Clinton’s purported plan to tie Trump to Russia as ‘means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server’

Coronavirus Outbreak: After Donald Trump, now Nikki Haley says Chinese tally of 82,000 COVID-19 cases ‘not accurate'
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Coronavirus Outbreak: After Donald Trump, now Nikki Haley says Chinese tally of 82,000 COVID-19 cases ‘not accurate'

Indian-American politician Nikki Haley has cast doubt on the accuracy of China's official coronavirus figures, terming them 'clearly not accurate', amidst reports that the CIA has advised the White House not to trust the data being provided by Beijing.

CIA spied on countries including India, Pakistan through secretly-owned Swiss encryption firm for decades, says Washington Post report
India

CIA spied on countries including India, Pakistan through secretly-owned Swiss encryption firm for decades, says Washington Post report

The CIA read the encrypted messages of several countries, including India, for decades through its secretly-owned Switzerland-based company trusted by governments all over the world to keep the communications of their spies, soldiers and diplomats secret.

Hacking of Jeff Bezos' cellphone linked to WhatsApp account of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman
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Hacking of Jeff Bezos' cellphone linked to WhatsApp account of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman

A forensic analysis of Jeff Bezos’ cellphone found with “medium to high confidence” that the Amazon chief’s device was hacked after he received a video from a WhatsApp account reportedly belonging to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, according to a person familiar with the Bezos-ordered investigation

The Report movie review: Adam Driver in an engaging drama that scopes the failure of CIA post 9/11
Entertainment

The Report movie review: Adam Driver in an engaging drama that scopes the failure of CIA post 9/11

The Report bats for the ordinary guy and his capacity to change the course of events simply by doing his job.

Decade after Barack Obama outlawed CIA's torture programme, an illustrated guide to just what the ordeal entailed
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Decade after Barack Obama outlawed CIA's torture programme, an illustrated guide to just what the ordeal entailed

CIA torture techniques: Published here for the first time, they are gritty and highly personal depictions that put flesh, bones and emotion on what until now had sometimes been portrayed in popular culture in sanitised or inaccurate ways: the so-called enhanced interrogations techniques used by the United States in secret overseas prisons during a feverish pursuit of al-Qaida after the 11 September, 2001, attacks.

Facebook claims to be deleting name of alleged  whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump
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Facebook claims to be deleting name of alleged whistleblower who triggered impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump

Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions

Whistleblower in Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry offers Republicans written testimony as US president pushes to unmask identity
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Whistleblower in Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry offers Republicans written testimony as US president pushes to unmask identity

The US official whose whistleblower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump offered to communicate directly with Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, his lawyers said

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry refuses to testify against Donald Trump in impeachment inquiry; officials claim cabinet minister key player in Ukraine controversy
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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry refuses to testify against Donald Trump in impeachment inquiry; officials claim cabinet minister key player in Ukraine controversy

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet who has played a pivotal role in the Ukraine controversy, will refuse to testify as requested next week in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against Trump

Donald Trump hits out at Democrats for formalising impeachment inquiry, calls it 'an attack on democracy itself'
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Donald Trump hits out at Democrats for formalising impeachment inquiry, calls it 'an attack on democracy itself'

President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at Democrats in the House for their vote this week formalizing the impeachment inquiry into his conduct, calling it 'an attack on democracy itself.'

US Congress formalises impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, votes to allow public hearing of Democrats-led probe
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US Congress formalises impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, votes to allow public hearing of Democrats-led probe

A deeply divided US House of Representatives took a major step on Thursday in the effort to impeach President Donald Trump when lawmakers approved rules for the next, more public, stage in the Democratic-led inquiry

US Congress votes to formalise impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump; chamber splits largely on party line
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US Congress votes to formalise impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump; chamber splits largely on party line

Donald Trump has repeatedly branded the process as "illegitimate" and "politically-motivated"